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Following their Class 4A championship, the Western Dubuque volleyball team saw five members named to the Class 4A all-state team and their coach chosen coach of the year. Two Blazers made the Class 2A first and third teams respectively.

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Western Dubuque’s Bobcat dance team will compete in the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s High School Solo and Team Competition, in Des Moines, Dec. 3.

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It all came down to one shot. Drew Thier, a sophomore inserted into the lineup in the last minute of the Hall of Pride game at Beckman Nov. 22, let fly a three almost at the buzzer to hand the Blazers a 49-47 win over Western Dubuque.

Beckman had three players recognized as MVPs for Class 1A, District 4 for their prowess on the football team. Brett Burlage was named the Offensive Line MVP, Elliot Naughton the Defensive Skill MVP, Jason Koopmann Defensive Line MVP and Mark Atwater was named the District’s Coach of the Year.

Eight members of the Western Dubuque football team were recently honored by the coaches of Class 4A, District 2 with inclusion on the all-district squad. Jack Clemens, Evan Surface, Andrew Oltmanns and Spencer Zinn were first-team honorees, while Brody Steger, Caleb Klein, Nick Bryant and Da…

A pair of Maquoketa Valley football players were recently honored on the Class A, District 4 list. Both Avery Holtz and Aidan Salow were second-team honorees. The complete listing follows.

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The Maquoketa Valley dance team will perform at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s state competition Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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It’s 1-0 for the Beckman girls’ basketball team after a trip to Independence and a 51-30 win, Nov. 23 to open the new season.

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It wasn’t easy, but Maquoketa Valley used a big fourth-quarter run to defeat Edgewood-Colesburg, 54-42, in Edgewood, Nov. 23, in the season opener for both teams.

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The only goal the Bobcats from Western Dubuque was concerned about this season was ending the year holding the Class 4A State Volleyball championship trophy high over their heads as they celebrated with their fans.

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When a team gets within one game of the state championship, one could say they had a very successful season. That’s what the Beckman football team accomplished this year, falling to top-ranked and eventual state champion Van Meter in the state semifinal game Nov. 12 at the UNI-Dome for the o…

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Western Dubuque standout Audrey Biermann signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Iowa during a ceremony attended by family, friends and coaches at the High School, Nov. 15.

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Making the Class 2A State Volleyball Tournament was the highlight of a solid season for the Beckman girls who boasted a 33-11 season mark when they traveled to Cedar Rapids to face Western Christian. Even a loss, albeit a five-game marathon the Knights had not faced all season, couldn’t dim …

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Before they can earn the privilege to wear the jersey, all the members of the Western Dubuque football team know they have a lot to prove, and to live up to.

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The Maquoketa Valley volleyball season, while short on wins, was one that saw the team learn a new system and set some records along the way.

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Sophomore swimmers from Beckman, Kelly Snyder and Jessica Then, not only cut times this season while competing in a co-op program with Wahlert, they gained valuable experience that should stand them in good stead as they enter their third year with the program next season.

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A season that began with high hopes after a 40-22 win over North Cedar there Aug. 27 quickly turned into one the Maquoketa Valley football team would most likely like to forget. The opening win was the Wildcats lone victory of the season and the 40 points scored the most they would see for t…

Students from the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastics recently competed and placed well in the USTA Power Tumbling meet held in Bettendorf Nov. 7. There were 15 teams with around 300 tumblers competing throughout the day.

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To call it a moral victory is usually a hollow phrase for the losing team. But that is just what the Beckman football team’s 28-7 loss to No. 1 ranked Van Meter at the UNI-Dome, Nov. 12, can be considered.

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Kiersten Schmitt made it official Nov. 10 — she signed a letter of intent with Iowa State University to continue her volleyball career in a short ceremony at the school library.

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Two Beckman volleyball players signed Nov. 10 with their respective colleges. Olivia Hogan was the second signee, following Kiersten Schmitt, and made Northern Illinois at DeKalb her choice to further her playing time and education.

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It was a year of season-bests, personal records, big team wins and history-making performances for the Western Dubuque girls’ cross country team.

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A team trip to the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge was the highlight of the Beckman girls’ season. This year’s Blazers were the first in 25 years to qualify as a team and this year’s team not only made it but ended in the top-10, not too shabby for a team comprised of mostly underclassmen.

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Maquoketa Valley’s cross country program had a season that will long be remembered. A runner-up finish in the Class 1A Boys State Meet was the culmination of a fantastic year.

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Kelly Snyder dropped .52 from her 50-meter breaststroke split time during her competition at the Iowa High School State Swim Meet in Marshalltown Nov. 12-13.

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It was another season of fine play on the links for Western Dubuque, as Coach Ben Wilson’s Bobcats were among the Mississippi Valley Conference’s most competitive teams in 2021.

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This state championship thing may be getting to be a habit for Western Dubuque.

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For the first time since 2014, the Beckman football team is headed to the UNI-Dome for the Class 1A state semifinal football game, following its 35-6 win over MFLMarMac Nov. 5 at home.

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Beckman sophomore Kelly Snyder will compete at the IGHSAU State Swim Meet Nov. 12-13 in Marshalltown after earning her trip as part of the Wahlert 200-medley relay. The team placed fourth at their regional meet this past weekend and will be seeded 22nd (of 32) at the state event.

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Western Dubuque’s volleyball team topped Marion in the IGHSAU State Class 4A semifinal match at the Alliant PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids Nov. 3. The Bobcats won, 25-19, 25-18, 17-25, 25-15.

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Not much has changed for the Western Dubuque volleyball team since the Bobcats started their 26-match winning streak back on Sept. 18. About the only thing that is different is how many matches they have left before they play for the Class 4A state championship, the team’s goal since they we…

Beckman’s Kiersten Schmitt was named the WaMaC Conference’s East Division Volleyball Player of the Year. She, along with Olivia Hogan earned first-team East Division honors. Jenna Lansing was named to the second team, while Lauren Osterhaus and Leah Wessels received WaMaC recognition. The co…

Seven Bobcats represent Western Dubuque on the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division team. Maddy Maahs, Meredith Bahl and Maddie Harris all earned first-team accolades. Libby Lansing and Ella Meyer garnered second-team honors, while Anna Kluesner and Natalie Ulrichs are honora…

Maquoketa Valley’s Kylie Chesnut was named an honorable mention selection on the Tri-Rivers Conference’s West Division team. The complete all-division list follows.

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It may have taken five games to do it, but the Beckman volleyball team earned a return trip to the Iowa High School State Volleyball Tournament. The Blazers topped Wapsie Valley, Oct. 27, at Independence, 25-20, 25-16, 17-25, 23-25, 15-9. They face perennial power Western Christian at about …

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Their staunch defense won the night for the Beckman football team Oct. 29. The Blazers took out West Branch, 24-7, to advance to the quarterfinal round Nov. 5 against a familiar foe, MFL MarMac, upset winners over Iowa City Regina, 21-7.

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A pair of top-15 finishes helped Maquoketa Valley earn a runner-up finish in the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Oct. 30.

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A pair of top-15 finishes helped lead Western Dubuque’s girls cross country team to its best finish in school history as the Bobcats placed fourth as a team at the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Oct. 29. WD placed 15th in Class 3A in 2011 a…

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Western Dubuque’s boys’ cross county team combined for an eighth-place finish at the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Oct. 29.

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Even though tied with Clarinda at 221 points, the sixth runner tie-breaker lifted Beckman a ninth-place team finish in the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Oct. 30.

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There was a short time in the second game Oct. 25 when the Beckman Blazers trailed the West Branch Bears, but it didn’t take them long to recover. They went on the sweep the Bears, 25-13, 25-21, 25-13 in a Class 2A district game to move on to the Regional final held Oct. 27 in Independence a…

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Volleyball season in the state of Iowa might have started back in August, but it’s when the calendar says regional tournament that the season becomes real. That’s when the equation for survival becomes very simple, win and you move on. Lose and your season is over.

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From the quick interception by Michael Dinan to the last touchdown from Owen Huehnergarth, the Beckman boys were in control of their first-round Class 1A playoff game with South Hardin, Oct. 22, at Beckman Field. The Blazers handed the Tigers their sixth loss of the season (3-6) while keepin…